Game of Thrones

Of course, one of the TV series most associated with Belfast is HBO’s hit drama Game of Thrones. Over its ten years in production much of the show was filmed in Northern Ireland, either at the Titanic Studios in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter or in various filming locations across the province. From the iconic Dark Hedges appearing as the King’s Road to the heritage-soaked Castle Ward that portrays Winterfell, our rural landscapes and historic landmarks were the stars of the screen. Watch (or re-watch!) all eight seasons on Now TV and see how many of the Northern Ireland film locations you can spot.

Line of Duty

Seasons two to five of the award-winning Line of Duty were made in Belfast, with city centre locations including Belfast City Hall, John Hewitt Bar, McHugh’s Bar and Wellington Park Hotel used in filming. The series, which became BBC Two’s best-performing drama series in ten years and won the Royal Television Society Award and Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Drama Series, follows the story of DS Steve Arnott and DC Kate Fleming as they investigate seemingly corrupt police officers. You can watch all five seasons now on the BBC iPlayer.

The Fall

This gripping psychological thriller, which is both filmed and set in Belfast, follows the story of serial killer Paul Spector (played by Holywood actor Jamie Dornan) and the talented Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) who is determined to catch him. Look out for loads of well-known Belfast locations, including Belfast City Hall, Botanic Gardens and the University Quarter. You can see the full list of locations on this interactive map and watch all three seasons on Amazon Prime.

Krypton

Set in Kandor City, Krypton follows the story of Superman’s grandfather Seg-El who fights to defend his family name and save Krypton from an authoritarian regime. The show’s two seasons were produced in Northern Ireland with filming locations including Belfast Harbour Studios, Tollymore Forest Park and Whiterocks Beach Portrush. Watch them now on Amazon Prime or Google Play.

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Dublin Murders

Based on the internationally bestselling Dublin Murder Squad novels by Tana French, BBC crime drama Dublin Murders follows the investigations of detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox. The show’s first season was filmed in a few locations in Belfast and Northern Ireland, including Crumlin Road Gaol, Gasworks Business Park and Cromac Street car park, as well as Tollymore Forest Park in County Down. Dublin Murders aired on BBC One and though it’s no longer available on iPlayer, you can stream it on Amazon Prime

Bloodlands

Northern Irish police detective Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) works to connect evidence found in a car pulled from Strangford Lough to an infamous old case with personal significance. This thrilling cat-and-mouse crime drama was filmed in various locations in Belfast, including Botanic Gardens, Queen’s University and street locations in the north and south of the city. The show is yet to be aired, but is expected to be broadcast on BBC One and consist of four one-hour long episodes.

The Frankenstein Chronicles

Starring Sean Beam, this thriller drama series follows a detective investigating a series of crimes in 19th Century London, which may have been committed by a scientist intent on re-animating the dead. Film locations in Belfast and across Northern Ireland were used in season one and two of the show, including Crumlin Road Gaol, Ulster Folk Museum, Mount Stewart and St Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh. You can watch both series now on Netflix.

High Rise

Feature film High Rise was made in north Down, with filming locations including Bangor Walled Garden and a number of buildings in Bangor town. The movie, which is which is based on JG Ballard’s 1975 cult novel, is set in a luxury tower block where residents living in isolated conditions see rivalries escalate into increasingly violent conflicts between floors. Starring Tom Hiddleston alongside Jeremy Irons, Sienna Millar, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss, you can stream High Rise on Aamzon Prime and Google Play.

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Good Vibrations

This feature film tells the story of Terri Hooley, a music-loving radical in 1970s Belfast. While the Troubles unfold around him, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. He soon becomes the leader of a band of kids and punks on a mission to create a new community among the conflict. The Oh Yeah Music Centre and Queen’s University were just a couple of the many filming locations in the city used to create this distinctively Belfast story.

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Derry Girls

Though set in Derry~Londonderry, Channel 4’s hit comedy series Derry Girls came to a number of locations in Belfast during filming, including Longs Fish Restaurant, Smithfield Market and St Marys University in season one, and the Strand Cinema in season two. Created and written by Lisa McGee, Derry Girls follows Erin and her friends as they navigate their teenage lives in Derry during the 1990s. Watch it now on All 4.

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Titanic Belfast Movie Quiz

Though it wasn’t filmed in Belfast, the 1997 Titanic movie tells the story of the world’s most famous ship, which was designed, built and launched from Belfast in 1912. Were Jack and Rose real passengers on the ship? Did the Grand Staircase really look like that? Take Titanic Belfast’s movie quiz to see how much you know about what’s fact and what’s fiction.

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